We want you to have the maximum amount of information possible about what life in the school is like, so you can decide whether Chemistry at Manchester is right for you.
Take a look below at a range of weekly activities that you might be involved in as a student of the School.
Most days students will begin lectures at 9 or 10 am. A lecture will last around 50 minutes and students will attend six each week on core chemistry topics. The chemistry core makes up the body of our undergraduate courses during years one and two, and so between 100 and 200 students attend each lecture.
While we are a large school, with a sizable student body, you will receive personal attention in smaller groups in order to allow you to discuss issues in a friendly environment. Each week students attend a tutorial on a chemistry topic where groups of up to 6 will receive tuition from academic members of staff.
Some lectures take place in workshop format with several members of staff on hand to assist students with problem solving. All lectures and workshops are accompanied by specially prepared handouts and a range of study materials that are available on our dedicated online Blackboard system.
All students spend one day a week in a laboratory performing synthesis in inorganic or organic chemistry, and physical or analytic practical work to underpin their understanding of chemistry. You will learn to use modern instrumentation including UV/IR spectrophotometers and magnetic resonance spectrometers (NMR and EPR).
Every Tuesday at 1 pm first year students will have a Peer Assisted Study Scheme (PASS) session. Here a group is mentored by a trained final year chemistry student. This scheme gives you a chance to get to know people on your course and discuss any problems that you might be having. PASS sessions have proved to be incredibly beneficial for both the students who are being mentored as well as the final year students who run them. They give first years an opportunity to take charge of their own learning while providing mentors, with a chance to build their confidence and show the expertise they have gained over their years of study.
There will be more than three hours of additional lectures and activities each week on a supplementary subject and an opportunity to improve your mathematical and other academic skills. Online learning and professional chemistry databases, visualisation and modelling activities will be taught in workshop format using our dedicated computing cluster.
In addition to the hours of formal tuition, self-study is also integrated into your timetable. Students may also broaden their horizons with a wide range of activities each Wednesday afternoon or join the research seminars that take place each week.
Take a look at a first year timetable to get an idea of how all these activities fit together. We also have additional timetables below from years 2 to 4, so you can see how student activities progress throughout our courses.